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MENUHIN, Yehudi.

Inscribed portrait photograph.

Published: New York: Lumiere, c. 1932

Stock code: 82638

Price: £750

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Photographic portrait of violinist Yehudi Menuhin aged about 15, inscribed, “April 1932. With best greetings to William E. Chamberlain, Yehudi Menuhin”. Menuhin, widely considered the greatest violinist of the 20th century, was born in New York in 1916 and fell in love with the sound of the violin when he was taken to a concerts as a toddler. He started lessons at age five, and in 1923 began studying with Louis Persinger, the leader of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Menuhin had his first full-length recital before the age of nine and by the time this photo was taken he was already becoming famous: he had studied and performed internationally with the best musicians in the world, and had been given a $60,000 Stradivarius by Henry Goldman. An evocative portrait of a serious young man on the cusp of greatness.

Photographic print (173 223 mm). Mounted, glazed, and framed. Excellent condition.

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